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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,893
Reviews: 1,601
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 538
Gots: 1,424 | FT: 122
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
90 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2005)
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4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Rodman's in D.C. still had four packs of this dark beauty lying around a couple of weeks ago, so I had to pick up one to enjoy before it disappeared. It's been several years since I've had Founders Imperial Stout, so I'm really excited to drink it and do a proper review of it. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Beer Geek Nation tulip glass.

Appearance (5/5): Pitch black and with a one-finger milk chocolate brown head. Alcohol legs when you tilt the glass. Just gorgeous, and just about the best looking Russian Imperial Stout I've seen.

Smell (4.25/5): Lots of roasty notes in the nose with a healthy dose of dark chocolate and espresso and some fig. Alcohol is clearly present–a little too present in my mind, but it's not offensive by any means. I would have liked to smell a bit less of it, but bottom line is: this is one intense, very good smelling beer.

Taste (5/5): Wow, follows the nose but adds layers of complexity on top of the original notes. Drop dead gorgeous flavor profile: dark chocolate in the foretaste flexes hard before giving way in the middle to really nice brown sugar and molasses flavors. Deep roasty notes then dominate the back end: espresso, burnt malt, dry and bitter in the finish; far more bitterness in the flavor than you would find in your garden variety stout, which reminds me a bit of Old Rasputin. And, for all the alcohol in the nose, I can't taste a drop of it. Only a little heat in the finish betrays the fact that, at 10.5%, this is a huge beer. Not a highly drinkable beer–you won't be having more than one–but that's fine, because the beer really opens up it warms. This is one intense, flavorful take on the Russian Imperial Stout style. I love it.

Mouthfeel (5/5): Velvety smooth all the way through, until you hit the very dry finish (I can't tell whether it's the hops or roasted malt that adds the drying bitterness to the beer; maybe it's both). Full bodied, medium-low carbonation, true to style.

Overall (4.75/5): I guess Founders really knows the art of brewing imperial stout, huh? Founders Imperial Stout, with its abundance of espresso-esque roastiness, dark chocolate decadence, and interesting brown sugar/molasses undertones, is without a doubt the most intense and flavorful example of the classic Russian Imperial Stout style that I've had the pleasure of drinking. Sublime. Let it warm up and witness a beautiful evolution of flavor!

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

*12 oz. Bottle*

Look: Black body, 1 1/2 finger deep mocha frothy head.

Smell: Huge roasted barley, nice toffee sweetness, espresso hints of oats.

Taste: Burnt coffee, sweet roasted malts, smooth chocolate, bittersweet finish, alcohol is not present in the flavor but you can feel the heat.

Feel: Almost syrupy smooth body, soft carbonation.

Overall: For this being at 10.5%, it is incredibly drinkable to the point that it should be illegal. Smooth body, balanced between bitter and sweet that aches for constant gulps. This is a prime example of what a great Imperial Stout should be. Highly recommended.

* Originally Reviewed on 7-11-2013

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Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,893 ratings.